Official: West Brom complete Marton Fulop signing from Ipswich Town

Hungarian goalkeeper signs on a free transfer having agreed a one-year deal at the Hawthorns, providing competition for loan signing Ben Foster
West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of Ipswich Town goalkeeper Marton Fulop.

The Hungary international has signed a one-year deal with the Baggies after Ipswich allowed him to depart on a free transfer.

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson was pleased to secure some competition for loan signing Ben Foster after Boaz Myhill left the Hawthorns for Birmingham City, also on loan, in July.

"I'm very happy that we've been able to address the issue of signing another goalkeeper so quickly," Hodgson told the club's official website.

"I'm also delighted that we've signed a player of Marton's quality and experience."

Capped 24 times by his country, Fulop fell out of favour under new Ipswich manager Paul Jewell, who preferred Fulham loanee David Stockdale between the posts for the club's opening Championship match against Bristol City.

Fulop's imminent departure became apparent when he was left out of the matchday squad entirely, having been the Tractor Boys' first-choice stopper for much of last season.

Hodgson was happy to take advantage of the opportunity to add another goalkeeper with top flight experience, with Fulop having previously played Premier League football with Sunderland.

"Like last year, we've now got two goalkeepers with lots of Premier League experience who are both very capable of playing in the top flight and helping us to win matches," he said.

"I'm really pleased the deal for Marton has gone through so quickly so that we have both keepers in place for the opening game of the season."